Our top 10 media stories of 2018

10th December 2018

This December we are looking back at some of our proudest moments from 2018. Read on to see our top media stories from 2018.

The Guardian – Six reasons to celebrate World Social Work Day

Social workers play an integral role in supporting many of the most vulnerable people, but the annual day chosen to celebrate these professionals is far less well known than the likes of World Book Day.

Frontline CEO, Josh MacAlister, discusses some of the reasons why we should be celebrating the important contribution of social workers to society with The Guardian.

HuffPost – From growing up in care to becoming a social worker – with the right support the future for care leavers can be bright

Hear from Frontline consultant social worker, Rachel, on her own experiences of care and how she’s training the next generation of social workers on the Frontline programme in the same local authority that looked after her.

i – Why I became a social worker aged 51

Ronan Kavanagh had spent 26 years teaching modern languages in a secondary school when he decided he wanted a change of career – but one which would allow him to continue working with children.

Frontline participant, Ronan, explains why he became a social worker in the i.

Time Out London – Things you only know if you’re a social worker

Working in child protection for Frontline, I’ve seen the big gulf in lived experience that people in London have. I work with a number of kids who experience deprivation, but also some from affluent backgrounds, and the hardships they face could be quite similar.

Frontline Fellow, Alex, discusses what it’s like to be a social worker with Time Out London.

BBC Question Time features Frontline’s Chair, Camilla Cavendish

Frontline’s Chair, Camilla Cavendish, discusses the experiences of social workers, including Frontline fellows, who have been working with children and families affected by London’s knife crime epidemic on BBC Question Time.

The Guardian – It’s time to end the feud over fast-track training for children’s social work

Frontline, the fast-track training scheme for children’s social workers, this week celebrates its fifth anniversary with the placement of its 1,000th graduate participant with a council. It’s timely to ask whether Frontline, and fast-track training overall, isn’t now such a settled part of the English social work landscape that the feuding parties should lay down their arms.

The National Student – Is a career in social work for you? An interview with a Frontline student social worker

“I was going to a careers and jobs fairs. One day I went to a laws career fair with my friends. I saw an advertisement for Frontline and it simply said TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN. I just felt something in that moment and from then onwards I wanted to get involved.”

Frontline participant, Rahim, discusses his experience of going from university to joining the Frontline programme on The National Student.

HuffPost – A day in the life of a social worker: Putting children first

Most people probably don’t think too much about social workers until they need their help. Many won’t really understand what they do unless they have had first-hand experience with one of their many functions.

Frontline fellow, Kathryn explains to the Huffington Post the role social workers play in tackling child abuse.

Third Sector – Josh MacAlister wins Charity Chief Executive of the year

Josh was recognised for his commitment to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and families through the creation of Frontline. He was also celebrated for his wider work on the advisory board for the Children’s Commissioner and the start-up advisory group for the What Works Centre for Social Care, as well as working to bring the best possible education to excluded children as a board member of The Difference.

Community Care – Social work diary: ‘The mother gives her social worker some flowers and a card to thank her’


I start by looking at my diary and to-do list despite knowing that my days and weeks never really go to plan.

Cheryl Grazette, one of our Firstline leaders at Hertfordshire Council, gives an insight into a typical week as a social work manager on Community Care.